To our friends, visitors, local businesses and stakeholders- we're all in this together.

To our friends, visitors, local businesses and stakeholders- we're all in this together.

With LoveThe RCTDA continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it relates to our Nation, North Carolina and Rutherford County.Our top priority is always the safety, health, and wellbeing of our community, its residents, and visitors.  We understand that these times are confusing and can be difficult for many.  We encourage you to continue supporting each other and our community's small businesses and ask that you reference individual websites and social media platforms for updates on local businesses and events. At this time and until further notice, our two Welcome Centers are closed and the Tourism Development Authority office is seeing guests by appointment only.  Please call 828.287.6013 or email Taylor at if you have any questions or to make an appointment.

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Rutherfordton Historic Walking Tour

Rutherfordton has a long and rich history full of intrigue, mystery and of course, gold. Many of the downtown buildings and homes stand as they did close to 200 years ago, and now you can tour them as you stroll through the streets of Rutherfordton and explore:

  • The home of Christopher Bechtler; jeweler, gunsmith and minter of currency once preferred over that of the U.S. Mint.
  • The path of the Overmountain Men on their way to the battle of Kings Mountain.
  • The only remaining cluster of antebellum homes in the southern foothills of North Carolina.
  • The final resting place of Civil War soldiers.


Can't get enough? You're in luck, this entire tour is available online with additional pictures and extended history about each point of interest. You can even follow along as you walk, using your smartphone to scan the QR code on the plaque in front of each property.

View online at:

Click here for the Rutherfordton Historic Walking Tour map.